Where have you been, my blue-eyed son? The best 6 minutes you’ll spend today…


I’ll be participating in and speaking at a men’s retreat this coming weekend and I’m preparing a talk on Micah 6:8 — Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly. I was struck by the similarities between the timeless relevance of Micah’s message and this one:

 

 

I know it’s treading dangerous ground to mention Bob Dylan in the same breath with Biblical prophets. But isn’t it interesting how God uses so many different voices to speak truth into our lives?

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2 thoughts on “Where have you been, my blue-eyed son? The best 6 minutes you’ll spend today…

  1. I don’t think the connection is strange at all. If there really are undeniable truths about the world we live in, it should not be strange that these same truths continue to appear in every aspect of life. When we think about love in all it’s many dimensions we think this is a secular concept and not religious. But John says that “God is love.” So every song and every painting that touches on this truth also is somewhat religious.
    Dylan’s song speaks about the human condition and is therefore also religious. Whether it speaks truthfully about God is another matter.

  2. I actually think when you dig down into the metaphor it speaks very truthfully about God and his love for justice. Interestingly, when I played this song at the beginning of my talk Saturday at the retreat, I got some curious responses in discussions afterward. Although the participants understood the connection to the topic of God’s love for justice, some folks had sort of a “conditioned response” to their preconceived notions of Dylan’s lifestyle, not understanding his Christian background & upbringing and how his poetry was informed by that context.

    I think we often prejudice ourselves against “secular” messages by our judgements of what kind of life/heart we presume they come from because of external appearances or uninformed prejudices. All that being said, it did have the intended affect of sparking some interesting and authentic conversation, and hopefully expanded some views of how sacredness is found throughout what we often consider to be purely secular places in life.

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